Cardi B Doing A Super Bowl Pepsi Commercial Is A Big Deal

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Here's why

Cardi B is the star of Pepsi's 2019 Super Bowl campaign, according to reports from TMZ. She will be front and center in the commercial when it airs during the game, a monumental moment in television watched by millions.

But there are levels to what this means for Cardi. She is joining an elite group of pop stars that includes Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, the Spice Girls and Britney Spears all of whom were tapped to appear in past Pepsi commercials. It's a rite of passage that endorses a pop star as having officially "made it." And, it's usually reserved for those acts that offer themselves up as mainstream commodities. And while Cardi certainly has mass appeal, her persona is not one that we have come to expect from artists with similar platforms.

What separates her from predecessors on Pepsi's influencer list are her undeniably street roots. So while she's not the first female rapper to do it—her current nemesis Nicki Minaj was featured in a Pepsi commercial back in 2012—the difference is that Minaj's single "Moment 4 Life," a heavily pop-inspired song that sees her both singing and rapping, was the centerpiece. It was one part of Minaj's transition into a colorful pop phase that was marked by dance hits like "Super Bass."

Cardi has yet to commit to such a crossover. So far, she has only ventured away from hip-hop with collaborations with her Maroon 5 collaboration, "Girls Like You." She is staying true to her roots and making the mainstream machine meet her where she is, not the other way around. There are few artists who have been more steadfast in being themselves than Cardi, and it gives me hope to see her continually praised, and not pushed out, for it.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.